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Technical Support Instrument - Country Factsheet

The Technical Support Instrument (TSI) is the EU programme that provides tailor-made technical expertise to EU Member States to design and to implement reforms at the national level, with an emphasis on the green and digital transitions. The TSI also supports the preparation and implementation of Recovery and Resilience Plans

Initiated in 2021, the TSI is the successor of the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP). Since 2017, both programmes have helped design, develop and implement over 1800 reform projects in 27 Member States. 


Ireland has so far benefitted from 54 projects financed by the Technical Support Instrument or by its predecessor, the Structural Reform Support Programme.
Policy areas
The support addressed a broad range of policy areas, including public administration, better regulation, public spending, financial literacy, healthcare and education. A particular focus has been on digitalisation in both private and public sectors.
10 of the projects were part of a multinational effort to support reforms benefitting several Member States.

Reform projects approved under the Technical Support Instrument

The Technical Support Instrument yearly cycle is launched during the dedicated TSI Annual Conference. In May 2023, High-Level representatives from the European Commission, Member States and other Institutions gathered to share their perspectives on how the TSI 2024 could support Member States for the successful design and implementation of resilience-enhancing reforms, and in particular Public Administrations to be fit for the future and adaptable to change

The conference also started the discussion with Member States on potential multi-country projects - geared at addressing common issues among Member States thereby emphasizing the EU added-value of the instrument - and presented a set of "Flagship" projects - supporting reforms which are largely needed across Member States and are in line with the EU priorities. 

Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) projects (2017-2020)

The TSI expands on the experience of the SRSP programme in building capacity in Member States. You can find the full list of SRSP projects here.

Highlighted projects

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The European Commission has provided analytical reports and capacity building workshops to Ireland’s implementing body for the NRRP, as well as to the project leads (Accountable departments and agencies) running individual projects, and the independent audit body (IAB) within DPER, to help enhance their monitoring, control, audit and reporting functions.

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The Commission helped to made a comparative review of the current state of policy, institutions and regulations, including a gap analysis of the Irish agro-food sector and the elaboration of a programme governance plan, a change management plan and a digitalisation plan to boost the effective implementation of a current medium term set of objectives defined in the Food Safety and Food Authenticity Programme.

Supporting reforms to develop well-regulated, stable and competitive financial markets

The European Commission supported the Central Bank of Ireland in strengthening its understanding of the emerging data and related technology risks in the insurance sector in an increasingly digital world.

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